CUNA supports the Cooperative Trust and new mentorship program

The partnership empowers the Cooperative Trust to create significant impact for young professionals

MADISON, WI (June 4, 2018) — The Filene Research Institute announces that Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has renewed its primary sponsorship of the Cooperative Trust for another three years, making it possible for the group to embark on a new mentorship program and Crash events.

The Cooperative Trust, Filene’s award-winning community for credit union young professionals, continues to grow and adapt to the needs of its members. CUNA’s support enables the Cooperative Trust to mature and enhance its programs to provide the most engaging experience.

“CUNA is proud to continue to sponsor the Cooperative Trust and its programs that empower the next generation of credit union leaders,” said Jim Nussle, CUNA President and CEO. “The entire credit union industry benefits from young leaders’ enthusiasm and fresh outlooks. CUNA’s support helps ensure those with the passion and drive to grow in the industry receive trainings and resources that will help them shape the future of the movement.”

Last month, the Cooperative Trust unveiled its new logo and website, enhancing the online community and its potential to connect young credit union professionals with likeminded peers around the world. The updated brand reflects the continued growth of the group and its commitment to create a broader and deeper impact.

In addition to rebranding, the Cooperative Trust is now piloting a mentorship program to test a match system and provide resources and touch-points to ensure the best outcomes for the mentor, the mentee, and the overall industry. The Guided Mentorship Program aims to connect experienced credit union leaders with young professionals using various tools and resources.

“Our new mentorship program is just one example of how the Cooperative Trust is expanding its operations to include more ways young people can thrive in the credit union industry,” said Lauren Culp, Manager of the Cooperative Trust. “Countless young professionals have expressed difficulty in establishing a professional relationship with a mentor, so we’ve been hard at work to bridge this gap in an exciting and collaborative way.”

Filene is also excited to share the calendar of Crash events for the second half of 2018. These events provide credit union young professionals with expert development tools, the opportunity to network with industry leaders and peers, and the platform to advocate for the role of young people in the credit union industry.

Young professionals (35 and under, or “35 at heart”) in the credit union industry can apply now for up to three Crash events at once:

  • June 18-21: Crash the Visa Payments Forum
  • June 28 – July 1: Crash the ACUC
  • August 12-15: Crash the DCUC Annual Conference
  • September 12-15: Crash the CUNA Technology and Operations & Member Experience Councils Conference
  • September 26-28: Crash the Filene Research in Action: War for Talent
  • October 28-31: Crash the CUNA Lending Council Conference
  • December 6-7: Crash Filene’s big.bright.minds.

About Filene Research Institute

Filene Research Institute strengthens organizations through innovative research and incubation, on a mission to improve consumer financial well-being. With cutting-edge insights, innovative solution testing, advisory and custom support, and connections formed through events and communities, Filene helps credit unions think forward and change lives.

About the Cooperative Trust

The Cooperative Trust, with its award-winning Crash programming, is the international community of young credit union professionals, brought to you by Filene Research Institute and made possible by Credit Union National Association. To learn more, check it out live at

About CUNA

Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 110 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit


Armand Parvazi
Chief Administrative & Development Officer

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